Baptize, Teach—Unit 8

Grade 6—Unit 8

Tools:
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS

Reference Material:
Luther’s Small Catechism, The Lutheran Study Bible, Faith Alive Bible

Objectives:

  • Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for what it means to live your life in your vocation.

Duration of Project:
This project will take three to four days, depending on how much conversation is generated between your students.

Activity:
The Great Commission was given to the Apostles, and through them to the Church. As Lutherans, we understand the Great Commission through our vocations, and we understand our vocations through the Table of Duties.

Have students write a blog post addressing the following questions: What are the two commands in the Great Commission? Who were they given to? How do we understand our role in the Great Commission? Be sure to have students include a picture with each answer.

In this lesson and project, guide your students to the Small Catechism and the Table of Duties. Teach a lesson on the doctrine of vocation or have a pastor come in to teach that lesson. Both things will be important to the overall project.

Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students are writing their blog posts, encourage them to read and comment on other classmates’ posts. This is the perfect opportunity at the beginning of the year to set the standard in your classroom for how online communication is expected. Here are some tips for you to use in your expectations:

  • Students write in full sentences.
  • Students need to respond to at least two different classmates’ posts.
  • Students should keep comments positive and uplifting.
  • When students find something they disagree with, they should pose that disagreement as a question rather than as a direct statement.

Differentiation:
This is a good practice regardless of students’ cognitive ability level, but it is especially important as it pertains to students who struggle with concepts and comprehension. Have students write a proposal for what they are going to create, and don’t allow them to start until you have approved their proposal. This will allow you to have constant feedback with your students and make sure they understand and comprehend what is being taught prior to them creating.